We’re feeling a little overwhelmed right now. We had planned to bring you a compilation of things to do in Tasmania this month. But there’s just too many choices… the article would’ve taken a month to write! Then we decided a single weekend would provide a good cross section of the options. Even that was too epic. So we’ve honed in on just the one day in October and listed just a few of the places we’d like to be. All at once!

Day in October - Latrobe Show
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October: Tasmanian show season (photo by Dan Fellow)

Day in October: Tassie Style

We do like to cover a broad range of events and activities from all over the state. And we know from feedback that readers love the suggestions of things to do and Tasmanian towns to visit. So if you’re planning to be in Tassie on October 12, here’s some events you can choose from.

Cherry Blossom Festival

The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden near Burnie in north west Tasmania will host the Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s part of the Blooming Tasmania schedule to celebrate Tasmania’s broad range of gardens showcasing our temperate climate and four distinct seasons. This magnificent garden is one to experience at any time of the year; but on this one particular day in October, Japanese artists and crafts will be showcased.

Day in October - Rhododendron Garden
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Japanese section: Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden

Woodcraft Guild Exhibition and Sale

We were introduced to the Woodcraft Guild in Ulverstone thanks to an article by Michelle Kneipp Pegler of Uncover Tasmania. This year, at the Ulverstone Rowing Club in Kings Parade, visitors can watch demonstrations including wood-turning, carving, spinning, quilting and folk art. Timber and woodcraft work will be on display and for sale. There will be a raffle and a lucky door prize, and morning and afternoon teas will be available. This event runs over two days, both the 12th and 13th of October.

Day in October - Woodcraft Guild
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Woodcraft Guild, Ulverstone (photo by Michelle Kneipp Pegler)

Bloomin’ Tulips Festival

This is one of Tasmania’s most popular annual events, and the one responsible for a plethora of colourful and beautiful photos. Held each year in the Waratah-Wynyard municipality, it’s a celebration of the entire region, surrounding the famous tulips of Table Cape. The major event on the calendar of festivities is the Bloomin Tulips Festival, and it’s due to happen on the 12th, the very day in October we’ve chosen to feature in this article.

Day in October - Tulips
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Bloomin’ Tulip Festival (photo by Carol Haberle)

Made with Love Market Bazaar

The Made with Love Market Bazaar is a community gathering held monthly in Wynyard. The October version will coincide with the Bloomin Tulips Festival. As Michelle revealed in another of her lovely articles for Think Tasmania, customers can choose from handmade gems including jewellery, candles, clothing and delicious treats worthy of the CWA ladies.

Day in October - Made with Love Market Bazaar
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Wynyard Market (photo by Michelle Kneipp Pegler)

Salamanca Market

Held every Saturday near the Hobart wharf, the market at Salamanca is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Tasmania. People have been known to plan their entire holiday itinerary around the weekly market. Some visitors even travel from interstate just to browse the stalls and soak in the atmosphere on market day. It’s certainly an experience to enjoy whenever possible.

Day in October - Salamanca Market
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Salamanca Market: Hobart Tasmania

Southern Vineyards White Wine Weekend

Vignerons and winemakers from the vineyards of Southern Tasmania will be converging on the Hobart waterfront. Enthusiasts can join them at IXL atrium at the Henry Jones Art Hotel to sample some of Tasmania’s finest cool climate white wines, including sparklings, rieslings, chardonnays and dessert wines. As well as tastings, visitors can meet and chat with the actual wine-makers. This event is also happening both days of our featured weekend, from 12:00 to 5:00pm.

Day in October - Hobart Waterfront
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Victoria Dock, Hobart (photo by Anelda Lotter)

This list is just a small sample of events to enjoy in Tasmania. Some are annual; some are monthly and some (like the famous Salamanca Market) are weekly. We’d need a time machine to cover them all on the same single day in October. Tasmania may be an island, and the smallest state in Australia, but to travel from north to south; from east to west… that takes time and some serious co-ordination. Not to mention the financial investment involved. Luckily, we’re here for the long haul, and eventually we’ll cover everything. Thanks for being so patient and supportive of our efforts. Your encouragement is what keeps us motivated and enthused to keep doing this. Cheers!

Day in October - Derby River Derby
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North East Rivers Festival (photo by Dan Fellow)

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